An elite group of mountaineers rescued a French mountaineer from a mountain peak in the Himalayas in Pakistan, but had to give up the search for their climbing partner due to the adverse weather conditions.
The four volunteer rescuers of a separate Polish expedition, with the support of the Pakistani military on Saturday, launched an attempt to rescue stranded French mountaineer Elisabeth Revol.
But they failed to reach Polish international Tomek (Tomasz) Mackiewicz on Nanga Parbat, a nicknamed “Killer Mountain”. More than 30 climbers died before the first successful summit in 1953. The mountain is the ninth highest summit in the world at 8,126 meters (26,660 feet).
Ms. Revol, who has frostbite on her feet, was sent to the Pakistani capital Islamabad on Sunday to be treated at the Shifa International Hospital. The 37-year-old sports teacher from the Drôme region of southern France was in a stable condition and her wounds were not life-threatening. But the news for her climbing partner was grim.
“The rescue for Tomasz is unfortunately not possible – because of the weather and the altitude, it would endanger the lives of the saviors extremely,” wrote Ludovic Giambiasi, a friend of Mrs. Revol, in a series of updates on Facebook. “It’s a terrible and painful decision,” he wrote.
The pair got into trouble after trying a late descent to a camp on Thursday. They were trapped on the side of the mountain for the night without a tent, shaken by cold temperatures and strong winds. The rescue mission was launched after the missing mountaineers were discovered on Friday by mountain climbers with binoculars. They saw Ms. Revol attempting to climb down while Mackiewicz seemed to be crawling with frostbite.
The four rescuers who had saved Revol’s wife were flown by the Pakistani military from K2’s base camp, the second highest peak in the world, to reach the stranded mountaineers. They were part of a Polish expedition, which in winter, when good climbing days are rare, want to become the first climbers on the summit of K2.